PHS closes out 8-3A slate with explosive 54-point winning effort over Livonia

Tryve Brackin
PHS DEFENSE…The Green Devil defense gave up some points during the regular season, but they always swarmed to the ball and played a key role in Plaquemine High’s five victories. Shown here are defenders Davon Godchaux (51), Chaston Barber (75), DeCorey Brown (39), Treveon Hawkins (82), and James Lee (49) swarming! (PHS game photos by Lyn Pierce)

Plaquemine High’s Green Devils were left waiting for notice about a possible state playoff berth until Sunday afternoon, but the locals showed they merited postseason action with a romping 54-32 victory Friday night in their District 8-3A finale against hosting Livonia High.

It was the second 50-point scoring effort in district play this season for Plaquemine as Coach Bob Howell’s Green Devils finished league play on a positive note. The victory boosted PHS to a final breakeven 5-5 overall record and to a 2-2 finish in league play. While PHS tallied over 50 points on both Livonia and Brusly in victories, they lost by narrow counts to district runner-up Port Allen and to repeating league champ St. James (in triple overtime the week prior) to prove they were a solid third-place ball club and a much-desiring potential playoff team.

Friday night at Livonia, senior quarterback Darvin Butler rushed for 202 yards to lead the PHS triple option attack as the PHS boys rolled up 445 yards on the ground and 54 points. Running back Troy Jones added another 107 yards for the PHS offense, while Hakeem Deggs accounted for 72 yards from scrimmage and an 80-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown. Nick Thomas, Julius Maracalin, and Myron Jack also contributed and the PHS offensive line dominated from start to finish.

Despite giving up 32 points, the PHS defense allowed the Green Devil offense to pull ahead in the second quarter and kept the LHS Wildcats from catching up. Livonia tied the game at 16-all in the first period, but the Green Devil defense kept them a bay the rest of the way. Defensive end Treveon Hawkins also contributed to the point total with a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Speedy safety Deondre Philson led the team in tackles with 11 and he also recorded a safety. Defensive back DeCorey Brown turned in seven tackles, while ends Davon Godchaux and Hawkins each had six tackles. And defensive tackle Chaston Barber pulled in an interception. The PHS defense limited hosting LHS to 250 yards total offense.

Plaquemine drove in for the first points in the game with Butler cashing in with a 3-yard TD run and Maracalin added a two-point conversion run. Seven minutes into the contest Livonia tied up the score at 8-8 with a six-yard run.

Points began to light up the scoreboard for the remainder of the quarter as Deggs returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to set up a four-yard run by Jones for a TD on the next play. Jones added a two-point conversion run. But back came Livonia on a pass play and a two-point conversion to tie the score at 16-all. Then with only seconds left to the start of the second period, Butler broke loose on a 65-yard run to set up a second 4-yard TD run by Jones and the PHS boys were ahead to stay by a 24-16 score.

Hawkins’ long TD fumble return sparked the action in the early part of the second period, but Livonia struck again on a 20-yard TD pass play and the score moved to 32-22 in favor of PHS.

The hosts got off a short kickoff and the Green Devils struck again like lightning. Butler turned in a big run and then Deggs went the rest of the way with a 28-yard TD jaunt with only three seconds remaining to halftime. PHS opened the second half with a solid 40-22 scoring lead as a result.

Livonia hit on a 22-yard field goal in the third period, but Jones answered with his third touchdown of the game, tallying on a 25-yard run to make it 46-25.

Butler then closed out the PHS scoring for the night in the final period with a 65-yard TD scamper. LHS tallied on a short run late in the game to make the final score 54-32.

PRODUCTIVE BACK…Hakeem Deggs (10) carries the ball for good yardage in recent 8-3A game against St. James. He ran 28 yards for a TD and set up another with an 80-yard kickoff return in last week’s 54-32 league finale victory over Livonia High.